The cold staircase inside the entrance to this palazzo doesn't prepare you for such a charming hotel on the first floor. 'Welcome Home' heads the brochure, which says it all: this locanda is deeply comfortable and fitted out in serious style. Opened in 2000, it was designed and is clearly loved by its architect owner Signor Chasini, who lives in part of the building. The atmosphere is bright and warm and the staff are welcoming and professional.
  Opposite reception is a funky, small kitchen - all granite surfaces and 'Smeg' appliances. In the stunning room next door, a simple breakfast is served at a long glass table, in front of a huge and beautiful hand-painted dresser. There are pale sofas, fresh flowers, and an impressive contemporary collection of art and sculpture, including works by the owner's family. All the woodwork is natural, and complemented by terracotta floors and tapestry rugs. Bedrooms are smart, with crisp monogrammed linen, navy and white furnishings, Aubusson carpets, and high-spec bath and shower rooms.
  It may not be ideal for families, but this little hotel is a comfortable and sophisticated address in central Rome.